WHAT IS ALUS? ALUS can provide funding (up to 85% of costs) to farmers and ranchers who are enhancing the natural environment on their land. In addition, ALUS pays farmers and ranchers up to $75 per acre per year, on acres that are producing increased environmental services.
WHAT ARE ECOSYSTEM SERVICES? We all depend on ecosystem services for things like water, air, food and shelter. Cleaner air, cleaner water, carbon capture and more biodiversity (including wildlife habitat and pollinator meadows) are just a few of the ecosystem services being produced by ALUS participants on their farms and ranches. Ecosystem services are valuable for the ecosystem, the community and the planet.
Kevin Ziola ALUS Farmer Liaison (West) 403.352.0662
Tom Towers ALUS Farmer Liaison (Central) 403.352.6901
Stephen Smith ALUS Farmer Liaison (East) 403.318.3371
10 YEARS OF ALUS IN RED DEER COUNTY
2023 marked the 10th anniversary of ALUS in Red Deer County. In that decade, over 150 farmers and ranchers from all over the County have joined ALUS, including projects like alternative livestock watering, riparian management fencing, buffer zones around wetlands, creek crossings, tree plantings, and more.
These produce ecosystem services like erosion control, flood and drought mitigation, water purification, biodiversity enhancement and carbon sequestration. These ecosystem services have immense, almost immeasurable benefits to people and society.
GET TO KNOW ALUS
ALUS in Red Deer County - 150 Producers and Growing!
Measuring Riparian Health Improvements at ALUS Projects
Farmers and Ranchers - The Heart of Watershed Stewardship in Central Alberta
ALUS Project Profiles - Showcasing Agricultural Stewardship
PROJECTS - PRODUCER VIDEOS Check out ALUS in action with these videos featuring ALUS participants from Red Deer County.
LK - Alternative Watering (Little Red Deer River Watershed)
Jo-Anne Hallman - Stewards of the Land
Keith & Tracy Johnson - Meet and ALUS Producer
The CACHE Project Video - featuring Derek Mathon & Kevin Ziola
Aron Lutz - Stewards of the Land
Go Ask ALUS: Craig Pullan’s Riparian Fencing and Livestock Watering Projects